Window crack on Southwest Airlines flight prompts unplanned landing

A Southwest plane makes emergency landing after window breaks during flight

The flight departed Midway at 8:36 a.m. and landed in Cleveland at 9:53 a.m., Southwest said.

The incident comes about two weeks after an engine on a Southwest aircraft blew out, sending shrapnel into the aircraft and killing a woman who was blown partway out a broken window.

Spokeswoman Brandy King also says the pilots didn't declare an emergency before landing Wednesday morning.

Southwest said that there were no problems with the engine, and the damage to the window didn't cause a loss of cabin pressure or trigger deployment of oxygen masks.

It is not known what caused the window to break, but the Washington Post is reporting that passengers heard something smash into the window, causing it to shatter. "The aircraft landed without incident at Cleveland".

The timing of this incident is unfortunate for Southwest after an engine failure on a flight to Dallas last month resulted in the death of a passenger.

One of them, Alejandro Aguina, tweeted: 'On my way to NJ for work and #Southwest957 gets a window crack. At that point, flying over Lake Erie north of OH, it turned before gradually descending, and then landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 10:46 a.m. ET.

In another, she said: "Yes Southwest".

Pictures on social media show heavy cracks in the window of the Southwest Airlines aircraft. They said the plane's crew handled the situation smoothly.

Southwest has estimated a drop in sales as a result of the high-profile accident will cost it between $US50 million and $US100 million.

The Boeing 737-700 was on its way to Dallas from New York City, but made an emergency landing in Philadelphia about 40 minutes into the flight, according to CNN.

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